Shambhala meditation instructors are senior Shambhala Buddhist practitioners specially trained and authorized to help people deepen and expand their conceptual and experiential understanding of meditation (see below). We encourage anyone interested in this journey to establish a working relationship with the meditation instructor of her/his choice and keep working with the instructor for as long as doing so feels beneficial.
To set up a meeting with a meditation instructor contact the Coordinator, Rebekah Younger at email@example.com or 207-443-8649. For introductory meditation instruction we also have Shambhala Guides who can provide initial instruction. See the list below and contact Rebekah for an appointment.
Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center meditation instructors currently available are listed below.
In Shambhala, mindfulness-awareness meditation is the foundation of everything we do. Originating from Shakyamuni Buddha about 2,600 years ago, this practice is the art of resting the mind, opening the heart, and appreciating what it is to be fully human.
“Meditation is looking at our own backyard, you could say, looking at what we really have and discovering the richness that already exists.”
—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
ABOUT MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
Perhaps the Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center’s most valuable offering, meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners. Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:
- Introducing the practice of meditation
Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation practice taught in the Shambhala community. This practice combines a simple three-part technique and a particular view or attitude.
- Clarifying the view of meditation
In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.
- Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation
Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.
- Guidance on the path of practice and study
Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.
- Guidance on joining meditation and daily life
The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.
Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center Meditation Instructors
||Role at the Center
|| My Motivation
||How having a MI has helped me
||Head of Practice & Education, Director Level II & III Shambhala Training, Former Center Director
||My motivation is to help others with their practice and study of the dharma. I enjoy regularly leading classes here in Maine and staffing retreats at Karme Choling as often as I can.
||Working with my Meditation Instructor has helped me expands my own understanding of the practice and gently stretch me beyond my comfort zone.
||My motivation is to be of benefit to anyone who would like help with meditation.
||With confidence, motivation and providing an ear.
||My motivation is helping others along the path in any way I can. I work with students in the Solon/Skowhegan/Waterville Area.
||They helped me when obstacles arose in my practice. I also experienced their ability to give me space to see my own wisdom nature.
||I enjoy sharing and interacting with others. I have experience and training to be an MI that I hope can be useful to others. But additionally, meeting with students and assisting them, inspires my practice. Spending time sharing the dharma is a good thing.
||It was important for me to have someone I could turn to within the sangha. I always valued my MI for more than assistance with my meditation technique/practice. I saw them also as a “spiritual friend” or guide.
||Shambhala Art Teacher, Parts 1 -3
||What motivates me to be an MI is helping others and answering questions about Shambhala, creativity and the path.
||They helped me by honestly asking what blind sides or obstacles I might have, how to be a better practitioner, gaining insights into what to expect on the path and how to be more grounded.
|| I am inspired by this role because it allows me to guide meditation students awaken to their lives through the practice and understanding of meditation. As well, I can help connect the dots between meditation practice and applying the emerging wisdom to life off the cushion. This is a mutual process of learning how to work with our minds and more deeply understand the dharma teachings.
||My Meditation Instructors have demonstrated unconditional positive regard and patience as I worked with personal obstacles, full-of-crapness, and other challenges.
||Head of Culture and Decorum
||My dedication to the path of waking up and genuine kindness is my primary motivation. We need one another to grow into insight and wakefulness, to simultaneously recognize our full-of-crap-ness and our completely trustworthy sanity.
||They helped refine my understanding of practice, helped me further discern interpretation from understanding and discern differences between understanding and experience. They have all greatly helped guide me along on my path.
||Everyone needs a kalyanamitra. [spiritual friend or one who looks out for a student's welfare on the path]
||They poked holes in my concepts and encouraged maitri [unconditional friendliness towards self which radiates out to others.]
|Christopher St. John
||Resident Director of Shambhala Training, Former Head of Practice & Education
||I am motivated by my Bodhisattva Vow and experiencing being of benefit to some.
||I have benefitted from the kindness of many students and MI’s who have brought me to the Shambhala dharma and kept me inspired.
|Eunice St. John
||Former Center Director, Head of Practice
||My motivation is the help people along their spiritual path.
||They acted as a mirror and as an example, most effectively by being open and listening.
||I am motivated by the desire to give back some of what I have received and to share the wisdom of the dharma.
||He has been a vital support in my continuing practice. I would be happy if I could pass along even a fraction of the wisdom he has shared with me.
||Meditation Instructor Coordinator, Shambhala Art/Arts Coordinator, Shambhala Art Teacher Parts 1-5
||My motivation is to encourage others to see their own and the world’s basic goodness through the practice of meditation. To be of benefit as best I can in their journey. I am especially interested in the relationship between the creative process and meditation.
||They have offered a larger view of the path & practice, helped me address my blind spots and been an inspiration along the way.
Brunswick /Portland Shambhala Guides
Shambhala Guides are individuals who have received training in offering initial meditation instruction. In addition, they are available to answer questions about the culture and more general information about what Shambhala Buddhism has to offer. Feel free to make connection with them at the centers or to ask for initial instruction, contact Rebekah Younger at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.